BIH Withdraw St Erth Heliport Application

British International Helicopters have abandoned plans to relocate their heliport to St Erth.

This follows strong opposition from local residents and the decision by both St Erth and St Ives Parish Councils to object to the planning application, which was due to go before Cornwall Planners later this month.

Last month, Sainsbury’s secured planning consent to build a new supermarket on the current heliport site in Penzance, which BIH have said they must sell to inject cash into their business.

The company will move from Penzance in June 2012 and say they have agreement to fly from Newquay airport after that time while reviewing other potential sites.

BIH Managing Director, Tony Jones, said “Our investigations tell us St Erth is the most suitable available site in Cornwall for a new Heliport, however we are prepared to review again any other potentially suitable sites in West Cornwall.”

In a separate statement, Al Titterington, Managing Director of Newquay Cornwall airport said they were “in discussions with British International Helicopters Ltd over the potential relocation of its Isles of Scilly passenger operations to Newquay from Penzance.”

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